Mittwoch, 11. Juni 2014

The brute force dating attack of a "math genius"

On Wire.com, Kevin Poulson wrote an interesting article about the Mathematician Chris McKinlay, who tried to - and finally found - a date on okcupid.


Unlike the majority of okcupid users, he wrote scripts to harvest the website with user data, then matched the user profiles with his own interests - and contacted them....


He then invited some of the women,  who wrote back, on a date....after a few unsuccessful attempts, he even met a woman he even married (probably by now).


You can read the whole story here:


http://www.wired.com/2014/01/how-to-hack-okcupid/all/

 

What I was wondering?

 

Did OkCupid sue him for financial compensation? Did any of the users report him as their "private" data was illegally copied to another server / pc ? (and might still kick around on a harddisk in his flat)


Or what that a viral marketing idea from OkCupid ?


If so, the viral marketing campaign really went viral - most sites picked up on this story.


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